The UQ Centre in Stem Cell Ageing and Regenerative Engineering (StemCARE) aims to understand how the decline in stem cell function affects the ageing process. StemCARE's goal is to engineer clinically translatable solutions for increasing health span and healthy ageing.
In a world in which people are living longer and longer, the goals of StemCARE are:
to investigate the ageing process at a molecular, cellular and organismal level,
to further our understanding of the basic processes of ageing and
to engineer innovative clinical solutions for maintaining health during ageing thereby supporting ‘healthy ageing’.
Our life expectancy has continuously increased over the past decades and with more than a quarter of Australians estimated to reach over 65 years of age by 2050, ageing research is becoming increasingly relevant to our society.
StemCARE will bring together researchers from across Australia to develop highly innovative and multidisciplinary research programs, and train a new generation of early career researchers to tackle the challenges of demographic change and an ageing society.
The cost of health care for the aged is foreseen to be one of the biggest risks to future economic growth and productivity of Australia. The key to avoiding this, is enabling the aged to remain active, productive and participatory within society. The goal to achieve this represents one of Australia’s greatest challenges in the next 50 years. The impending substantial socio-economic impacts of ageing demands that we understand the fundamental mechanisms of ageing and develop innovative clinically translatable solutions to foster healthy ageing, allowing the ageing population to have an active, productive, healthy life, less susceptible to disease and disability.
To develop novel solutions to extending health span as our population ages, it is essential to understand the biology of ageing and the fundamental mechanisms underlying the reduced capacity to maintain functional tissue as we age.
StemCARE will unravel the key cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern stem cell ageing and engineer clinical and commercial translatable solutions for increasing health span and active ageing.
Our research findings have the capacity to transform our understanding of the ageing process in humans, an outcome of direct societal importance that will inform the development of technologies to improve productivity and quality of life.
We will collaborate with clinical partners to bridge basic and clinical research and transfer our research findings into clinical practice for the benefit of our society.